Today’s practice painting — a quick oil on canvas paper — is a definite departure from my usual landscape style. It was interesting to play with my oil paints in different ways to create a look that is reminiscent of watercolor.
This was not only a new style for me to explore, it was also an exercise to help me develop my awareness of focal points. While I succeeded with the first, I failed with the latter — in my opinion, at least.
Let me ask you. Where do you perceive the focal point to be? In other words, when you look at this painting, where do your eyes go first?
In some respects, I think this painting “works” as far as inviting the viewer eyes to cover the landscape, or nearly so, at least. Even if my original plan for creating a strong focal point failed, I think I might have compensated for it as I continued painting.
So, help me out here, please, and share your thoughts about this practice piece. Knowing how you view the picture — where your eyes are drawn, how — if — they travel through the painting — will be of great value to me as I continue my 100-day creative exploration in the realm of mood and atmosphere in oil painting.